The Yawpers

The Yawpers

Sump Pump Sluts, Dirty Mirrors

Thu · March 8, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Off Sale

This event is all ages

The Yawpers
The Yawpers
The Yawpers’ third album Boy in a Well is a sensational
tragedy set in World War I France about a mother
abandoning her unwanted newborn child. But, like the band
itself, there’s so much more roiling beneath the surface.
Recorded in Chicago by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey
LaFarge, The Cactus Blossoms) at Reliable Recordings
and produced (with instrumental contributions) by
Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop), Boy
in a Well stretches The Yawpers’ sound and ambition in
challenging, impassioned, and dynamic directions.
To follow up their 2015 Bloodshot debut American Man
— which Rolling Stone described as mixing “high-brow
smarts with down-home stomp” — the trio left the
comfort zone of their Denver hometown in September
2016 to record in a city they’d only briefly visited before.
The story-vision was initially conjured by lead singer
Nate Cook, after a reckless combination of alcohol, half
a bottle of Dramamine, and an early morning flight. The
delusional result is an album of complete immersion and
instinct, with personal background (the story removes
shrapnel embedded from Cook’s failed marriage) meeting
psychological fascinations (German realpolitik, Freud,
Oedipus, and the lasting social and cultural fallout of
WWI… you know, the usual rock ’n’ roll stuff). Structured,
composed songwriting from the band’s freakishly tight
backbone — guitar prodigy Jesse Parmet and bulldozing
drummer Noah Shomberg — blend with the impulsiveness
of their wild-eyed, punk-reincarnation-of-Elvis frontman.
Boy in a Well sounds like Alan Lomax using his field
recorder to capture Mance Lipscomb ripping a laced
joint (or something much more potent) with The Cramps
and strapping their instruments on to let that shit fly.
But while the band dials into the finest, frenetic truckerspeed
induced scuzz blues, there is patience and dark
soul within and between songs much like the blank space
between paragraphs and chapters. Each track is a division
of the plot — paired visually with an accompanying
comic book, illustrated by J.D. Wilkes of The Legendary
Shack Shakers — that seamlessly blends into the next.
“Armistice Day” slowly awakens in an altered reality
with distant echoing piano, ghostly harmonics, and
menacing chants, leading way to “A Decision is Made”,
the feverish rockabilly-cum-muscular blues and
fuzzed out, grungy, bottleneck slide acoustic guitar
force of Parmet. The kinetic “Mon Dieu” reimagines the
Dead Kennedys three decades on with its fiery cosmic
psychobilly and retro R&B/garage tones. There are solar
flashes of surf (“No Going Back”), Bo Diddley’s shaker
man shufflin’ groove (“Mon Nom”), the punched out,
funky drumming of the Blues Explosion’s Russell Simins
(“Face to Face to Face”), and a sulfuric, slicked-up Carl
Perkins for the modern world in “Linen for the Orphan.”
Later, “Room with a View” is a lonesome ballad that tells
the story of the unwanted child growing up in the well where
he was abandoned. It’s a touching, melancholy, moral
take not typically characteristic of the group. Similarly,
a contrast is present in a softer, stripped-down pickedacoustic
side in “God’s Mercy”, “A Visitor is Welcomed”,
and “The Awe and Anguish” — the latter of which sounds
like a lost track from a 1940s Smithsonian Folkways album.
Finally, “Reunion” paints a vision of The Who’s Tommy,
a fitting bookend to the concept and aural diversity.
The Yawpers’ Boy in a Well is complex; it’s a manically
conceived, historically situated, emotionally underscored,
plot-driven fictive universe. It’s demented, unpredictable,
taboo, ambitious, and yet distinctively cohesive.
Sump Pump Sluts
Sump Pump Sluts
Garage 'billy with humor and twang.
Dirty Mirrors
Dirty Mirrors
Power trio from Cleveland OH. Preaching the midwestern blues to the masses in the vein of Aerosmith, Mountain, Soundgarden, Stooges etc etc etc
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110